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Lawmakers from across region buzz over news of gov.'s plans


WILLMAR -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement he will not seek a third term didn't really catch area legislators by surprise, but its timing has them buzzing.

"It's a reality check for those of us in the Republican party,'' said Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck. He pointed out that as the minority party, the governor's veto "was the only power we had.''

Anderson is concerned Pawlenty's early announcement will weaken his role and that of the party overall.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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